BOISE, Idaho -- — Ashton Jeanty ran for TDs of 2, 1, and 1 yards and Boise State beat North Dakota 42-18 Saturday to avoid its first 0-3 start since 1997.
Boise State (1-2) had lost back-to-back games to open a season for the first time since 2005, when the Broncos dropped road games at then-No. 13 Georgia and at Oregon State to fall to 0-2.
Jeanty capped an 11-play, 85-yard drive with a 2-yard scoring run with 6:15 left in the second quarter and added a 1-yard TD with 28 seconds remaining to make it 21-6 at halftime. Wesley Eliodor caught a 6-yard TD pass from Tommy Schuster before Luke Skokna ran for a 3-yard touchdown that trimmed North Dakota's deficit to 28-18 but the Fighting Hawks got no closer.
Schuster finished 17-of-29 passing for 142 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
North Dakota (2-1) had just 183 total yards, 41 rushing.
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